“I can’t grow,’’ said Doug Baldwin, who at 5 feet 10 is six inches shorter than Rice. “Sidney is a bigger target, obviously.’’
Baldwin, though, is confident that he can help fill the void created by the loss of Rice. While Baldwin is usually used in the slot, he is listed as Rice’s backup at the “Z’’ (or outside receiver) position and has lined up there regularly throughout his career.
And it is Baldwin and Jermaine Kearse who are expected to get the first call at filling in for Rice when the Seahawks host Tampa Bay on Sunday.
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“You’ll see those guys out there quite often,’’ said Seattle offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell.
The Seahawks placed Rice on injured reserve Wednesday and called up Ricardo Lockette from the practice squad to replace him on the 53-man active roster. Lockette played two games for the Seahawks in 2011 and was signed to the practice squad last week after being released by the Bears. At 6-2, he’s the closest receiver in height to Rice on the roster. He figures to get opportunities at the outside receiver spot.
Who likely isn’t going to help this week is Percy Harvin, still on the road back after hip surgery Aug. 1. Coach Pete Carroll said Harvin would not practice Wednesday and remains “day-to-day’’ with the team being careful in how quickly it brings him back. Harvin is not yet on the active roster.
Bevell said he had no problems with Marshawn Lynch appearing visibly frustrated each of the past two weeks in goal-line situations when he wasn’t given the ball. At Arizona, Russell Wilson hit Kellen Davis on a 1-yard touchdown after a replay review had taken a score away from Lynch; and at St. Louis Wilson kept the ball twice on option runs from the 1-yard-line that didn’t score before throwing to Tate for a touchdown.
“Fortunately, in the two situations you’re talking about, both times we scored,’’ Bevell said. “So we did accomplish the goal of getting the ball in the end zone. Obviously, you want your competitors to want the ball.”
Tate said he was fined by the NFL for the taunting penalty he received at St. Louis, apparently $7,875, the standard fine for a first-offense taunting penalty. Tate, though, said he was surprised at the continuing attention the play was getting.
“I personally think I received a fine and it should have been kept at that,” he said. “I don’t know why days later the national media is still talking about it, still showing it. … But I’m taking full responsibility.”
• Lynch was among the six players on Seattle’s injury report listed as not participating in practice Wednesday, with a knee injury. Carroll did not mention the injury when he met reporters before practice. Others sitting out included DE Michael Bennett (illness) and G J.R. Sweezy (elbow).
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